Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

No Holiday Cheer for Oregon's Unemployed


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The latest numbers from the state Employment Department this morning show Oregon's unemployment rate remains stuck in the same dispiriting range where it's been for more than a year. The seasonally adjusted rate for November is 10.6 percent, above the national rate of 9.8 percent for last month. The state rate of 10.6 percent falls within the range of the past 13 months of between 10.5 percent ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal


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All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 REBECCA JACOBSON

KATU: A Dangerous New Take on Tag for Teenagers


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Our news partners at KATU are reporting on a new phenomenon among Pacific Northwest teens that's a dangerous step up from "tag" or "cops and robbers."It's called Fugitive. With as many as 150 players per game, the concept is that one person—"the fugitive"—sets out on foot and tries to reach a destination. The fugitive tries to reach that destination before being "caught," or tagged, ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Partial Recount Again Confirms Oregon Election Results


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The skeptics and conspiracy theorists who raised questions about the validity of November's election results are zero for three now. A recount yesterday of about 8,200 Multnomah County ballots in response to a request from the Republican Party of Oregon found the machine count was within one vote of the hand re-count. And today, results in a closely contested Jackson County state Senate race ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

More on Wikileaks from Berkeley and Ron Paul


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A quick follow on WW's Wikileaks piece today in which Oregon congressmen and others weighed in on the question of publishing classified State Department cables. The City Council in Berkeley, Calif. tabled a resolution Tuesday night calling the Army private charged with leaking the information to Wikileaks a hero, but may reconsider it at a later date. And KPOJ's Carl Wolfson called my attention ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 HANK STERN

One Year-End List Worth Reading


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Wyden Announces He Has Early-Stage Prostate Cancer


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced this afternoon that he will have surgery next week for early stage prostate cancer. The 61-year-old senator, who won re-election last month to another six-year term, said he got the diagnosis after a physical in late November and that he expects a "full and speedy recovery" after his surgery Dec. 20. Wyden expects to return to work when the Senate re-convenes ...   More
 
Thursday, December 16, 2010 HANK STERN

Senate to Consider DREAM Act and DADT on Saturday


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Saturday won't be a leisurely day on Capitol Hill. After years of false starts and dead ends, the DREAM Act comes up for a vote again Saturday, Dec. 18 in the U.S. Senate, where advocates think the immigration bill finally stands a chance of passage. Also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the bill (first crafted in 2001) would give undocumented young people who ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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